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KLAVA, 1990

The concept of the "Schizo-China" exhibition is expounded in the dictionary of the Moscow conceptual school. It refers to that special effect that the Moscow school used to have and still has - the effect of strange illusive expansion in time, i.e. though the school has only existed in 25, maximum 30 years, it sometimes makes the people belonging to it feel as if they exist inside a centuries-long tradition of yore. This chrono-illusive effect is what we call "Schizo-China", linking it to the certain disorder of the NOMA orientation which includes elements of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, all three being  in constant interplay. Confucianism means laws, reglamentation, system of textual work including elements of various censures, cuts, editorship, quotes, references (system of uncritical dogmatism). Taoism means nation, unrestrained splashes of all things archaic and national, which are, as we can see, constantly present within each of us and thus used as a canonic element of the Moscow coneptual school (Monastyrsky, Anufriev). Buddhism means the nirvanic discourse of orientation towards Emptiness, redemption, a sort of ecology, putification of environment (for example, the language environment), and maintaining the environment in self-harmonizing state.

It is mainly the KD and MG groups that orientate their work towards Buddhism, while Kabakov's works reveal combinatorial analysis of the Confucian and Taoist elements. The Moscow conceptual tradition is in a way pierced through by the aversion for the world of suffering which is the core of Buddhism.

                                                                                                                         Pavel Pepperstein. Commentary on the "Schizo-China" exhibition


Photos, Archve by Y. Albert